Clean energy advocates, utilities and policymakers frequently tout the benefits of energy efficiency and demand-side management. But driving utilities to invest in such programs at a meaningful scale is not easy in a marketplace where profits are still often largely driven by volume of sales.
Doug Lewin is vice president of regulatory affairs and market development for CLEAResult, an Austin, Texas-based company that helps utilities nationwide design and implement these demand-side management programs. Lewin was also the founding executive director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), which was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as the regional energy efficiency organization for Texas and Oklahoma. Lewin also worked at the Texas legislature for five years on clean energy issues.
Midwest Energy News talked with Lewin about how utilities and policymakers are dealing with the expanding frontier of energy efficiency and demand-side management, including in states like Illinois and Michigan, and Lewin’s recent paper on the issue.